Mills County Jail – Glenwood, IA

Mills County Jail is in Mills County, IA and is the primary jail for this county. Looking for somebody in Mills County Jail? This page gives you all about everything one might want to know about Mills County Jailsuch as the following: Find an inmate at Mills County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary prospect, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. This guide is designed to offer info that you need to make getting locked up a little less stressful. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any feedback or comments that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation is welcome.

General Information

Address

Mills County Jail
23 N. Vine
Glenwood, IA 51534

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (712) 527-4337
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend in jail and want to find out where they are?

Has a family member or friend who has been arrested and you want to find them?

To look up who is in jail at Mills County Jail you have to go to their web site and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Mills County Jail Inmate List has information on people currently in custody, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. Also, you are able to find information about anybody who has been arrested or released in the past 24 hour period. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to find the information quicker if you have their name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the inmate you are looking for may be at a different jail you can look here, too: List of all county jails in Iowa


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake photo, is a photo taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and a side picture. Your full name and intake number will appear on the pictures, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Mills County Jail inmates can be viewed on the website, or you can see them at the Mills County Jail. When viewing online you will need to put in their legal name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot taken off of the Mills County Jail site? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, your bail amount is set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out you are required to promise to show up for court, and in the meantime you are not allowed to travel out of the county.

In most cases, a prisoner will earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will either have to go back to jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you could have the chance to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you have to pay all depends on the seriousness of your crime. You will need to pay to the courts ten percent of the total set in order for you to be released. If you miss your court appearance, whoever paid your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the Mills County Jail. If know the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, its simple to do if you have the money. To start with, you have to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you can’t use a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail can’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be released to your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes charge a minimum of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will usually require that they use your assets as collateral.

To find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Mills County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process takes you through each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will answer some questions, like what is your full name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone to contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, if not you will be issued a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail takes from 30 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the quicker you post bail, the sooner you will get discharged from jail. It also might depend on if you have a cash bond amount or if a judge has to determine your bail amount. For lesser charges, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and are given a date of your release, expect to be released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly advisable that you follow the law and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail intake center, and tell them that think that there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if you do, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Only bring allowed items when you go, like a driver’s license or your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you need to list information about each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will go in the visitors log as an authorized visitor. Each and every visitor has to provide proof of identification. Any visitors that gets to visitation or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so visit the official site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are typically more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the jail rules, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: (712) 527-4337

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent using US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of mail delivery. Clearly print the name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail is opened and read and inspected by the jail staff, and the mail will be returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Mills County Jail:

Mills County Jail
23 N. Vine
Glenwood, IA 51534

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Mills County Jail
23 N. Vine
Glenwood, IA 51534


The mail policy can change, so you should double check the official website when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, and an important one is your right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure you ask a friend or family member to find an attorney when you call. You might be asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you find your way through the legal system. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.

For more info on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by private investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide attorneys that are members of the State Bar and are completely licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

Court records are a matter of public record. Court records include a file containing a docket and every motions, documents, and evidence in the case. You have the ability to access your court records via the Mills County website, or by going to the Clerk of Court’s office.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All court records from your case are kept at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges associated with your court case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The Mills County magistrate is the type of judge that rules on your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do a number of things, like deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about the arrestee’s background and information about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the judge will consider when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the defendant, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Keep in mind you are able to request to have a copy of the pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, including community service to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get immediately taken into custody, or you could get a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

To find this out you should visit the Mills County jail website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the court records on the Mills County court website or you are able to call the court. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Mills County jail, by phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, such as court orders. You can access civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access this information on the website, but keep in mind that you won’t see the exact address, rather the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a court case file containing a court docket and any documents filed in your case. You are able to access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Mills County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of someone’s criminal history. These databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal histories from any other state. You can go to the Mills County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county the crime was committed in, and if it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal records search you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for crimes, which include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

During a criminal records search, usually will not discover if someone has had any:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you call the courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your account may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Mills County,the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Mills County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in the Mills County jail is no fun, eventually you will get accustomed to the daily routine. You should expect an alarm for wake-up at 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Mills County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Mills County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The process for sending money to someone in jail at Mills County Jail is always changing, so you should double check the official website when you send money to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Mills County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Mills County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Mills County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been an inmate at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited someone at Mills County Jail?

    If you have, then we would like you to write a review about it. Tell us about your jail experience so other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in your comment:

    • Conditions in Mills County Jail.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has a story about it. How’d you get locked up? Were you fairly treated? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Need to find out how to get in touch with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Write your message below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Mills County Jail Website
    Mills County Jail Inmate Search Link
    View Mills County Jail Mugshots
    Mills County Jail Bail Amount Link

    Mills County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Mills County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Find an inmate at Mills County Jail
    Mills County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Mills County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Mills County Jail
    Jobs at Mills County Jail


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